Day One

Show Week. Day One.


In four days the curtain will go up on our first performance of this years full length ballet with the Manchester City Ballet. Performing The Nutcracker, we have a completely new set, new costumes, new cast, new lighting and much new choreography, so it is a bit alarming that today was our first technical rehearsal of act one! Don’t get me started on what has gone wrong this year- backdrops not arriving, costumes not being finished (we had to sew 300 buttons onto men’s jackets today!) and doorways not being functional to name just a few! But we have survived this long- we can slog it through and by this time next week we will be done and I can be pampered 😉

The rehearsal actually went well. The set looks great with moveable wings and a lit up Christmas tree that actually grows! The lighting had a few mishaps with spotlights being a bit off etc but overall the effect was good. I didn’t have to wear pointe shoes for my pas de deux so the rose coloured glasses were rather occupied I must admit! We finished at quarter to nine and now it is ten o clock and I am tucked up in bed. Tomorrow all we have is a warm up class and then a whole day of tech again! In one of my dances we shall be having snow falling from the top of the stage which is rather exciting!

Im off now, sleep is calling, but I will keep you updated on the snow tomorrow! 😉